Yesterday, senators in Alabama voted 23-4 in favor of a bill that would outlaw gender transition surgery for persons under 18. The bill also includes a provision requiring school staff to notify parents if “a minor’s perception” of “his or her gender is inconsistent with his or her sex.” The bill has been heavily criticized by progressive groups as “anti-science” and contrary to “prevailing standards of treatment” (more on that later), according to a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama. The bill, HB1/SB10, is the first of its kind, but it won’t be the last. On the issue of trans kids, the battle lines have been drawn: it’s medical transition or bust. As the issue of gender transition for children gains prominence, many reticent liberals will find themselves between a rock and a hard place.